Published: May 15, 2023

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is a time to recognize, remember and honor the important people, achievements and events of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. A rather broad term, Asian/Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).

Often the history and contributions of these peoples have been missing from the discussion of our shared past. These silences show up in library collections, archives, research, teaching, outreach and spaces, including our own. The University Libraries are actively working to end these silences and fill these gaps because we believe that all people deserve the dignity of having their achievements and stories be an accessible part of the canon of human knowledge. 

Join the Libraries in celebration by exploring our curated list of resources, events and more.

Explore our Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month guide